Events that lead up to the Civil War

  • California

    California
    California was admitted into the Union as the 31st free state.
  • Compromise of 1850

    Compromise of 1850
    Series of measures that were intended to settle the dissagreements between free states and slave states
  • Fugitive Slave Act

    Fugitive Slave Act
    Law that provided for harsh treatment for escaped slaves and for those who helped them. Fugitive Slave Act became much stricter after the Compromise of 1850.It forced northerners to return slaves to the south, it allowed slavery into the free states and they did nog want to have to bring slaves back to their owners.
  • Harriet Beecher Stowe

    Harriet Beecher Stowe
    Harriet Beecher Stowe published Uncle Tom’s Cabin in response to a pro- slavery movement. President Lincoln said to Harriet, “So you’re the little lady that caused this great big war.” Stowe’s novel was all a lie and a half a million copies of her novel were sold.
  • Kansas- Nebraska Act

    Kansas- Nebraska Act
    The Kansas-Nebraska Act passes Congress and overthrows the Missouri Compromise opening the Northern territory to slavery. Settlers were being sent from both sides into the areas.
  • Dred Scott Decision

    Dred Scott Decision
    The Supreme Court rules in Scott v. Sandford that blacks are not citizens of the U.S., and slaveholders have the right to take existing slaves into free areas of the county.
  • Oregon

    Oregon
    Oregon becomes the thirty third state and enters the Union as a free state.
  • Minnesota

    Minnesota
    Minnesota becomes the thirty second state and enters the Union as a free state.
  • John Brown

    John Brown
    John Brown attacked Harpers Ferry, Virgina and was captured by Federal Army troops.
  • Abraham Lincoln

    Abraham Lincoln
    Abraham Lincoln is elected president. 40% of the popular vote and won 59% of the Electoral votes.
  • Troops Moved

    Troops Moved
    U.S. Major-General Robert Anderson moves his troops from Ft. Moultrie, in Charleston, South Carolina, to Ft. Sumter.